Our Rabbis

2009 Rabbi Coran (8)Sigma Faye Coran, Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Sigma Faye Coran quickly became “Sissy” to Rockdalers, but this casual familiarity is due to more than just her humorous, direct style. She became Senior Rabbi of K.K. Bene Israel / Rockdale Temple on July 1, 2004 and was the first female Senior Rabbi to serve a Cincinnati congregation.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Rabbi Coran grew up in Akron, Ohio. Rabbi Coran studied Clinical Psychology and Biology at Tufts University. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1993 and served as the Jewish Chaplain at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts until 2004. Since ordination, Rabbi Coran has served congregations in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Worcester, Massachusetts and has been active in a variety of social action organizations. Rabbi Coran lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Rabbi Matthew Kraus, and their four children, Jacob, Shirah, Micah, and Eden. As a parent of children spanning early childhood to college, she’s “on the same page” as many who seek community at Rockdale.

As a questioner, she keeps us searching. Rabbi Coran is an avid reader, a media-watcher, and most important, a great listener –three traits that spark conversation and connection. We’re glad that she will guide and challenge us, comfort and laugh with us for many more years! Click here to contact Rabbi Coran.


Meredith Kahan, Associate Rabbi & Educator

Rabbi Kahan began her Jewish life at Rockdale Temple, the daughter and granddaughter of longtime Rockdale members. She majored in social work at THE Ohio State University, where she was active in Hillel and directed the MeshugaNotes a capella group. Rabbi Kahan was thrilled to return home to Cincinnati for her rabbinical education at Hebrew Union College. She served Rockdale as its Rabbinic Intern during her final two years of HUC, continuing her work with the congregation’s worship, music, youth, outreach and education programs, and of course, building relationships with Rockdale members. Rabbi Kahan was ordained from HUC in 2013, after completing her thesis focused on the use of sacred music in teaching children how to pray as Jews. Immediately following ordination, she began serving as Rockdale Temple’s Assistant Rabbi & Educator. Rabbi Kahan is a life-long lover of books and music, enjoys traveling, and can be found cheering on the Buckeyes year-round! Rabbi Kahan, along with her husband Sean Flowers and their son Seth, feel blessed to be part of the Rockdale Temple family. Click here to contact Rabbi Kahan.

Mark N. Goldman, Rabbi Еmеritus

Rabbi Goldman served as the 9th Senior Rabbi at Rockdale Temple from 1986 to 2004. Ordained in 1967, Rabbi Goldman served as U.S. Army Chaplain at Fort Hood, Texas, during the Vietnam War; Assistant Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El, New York City; Chaplain of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; and Rabbi at Temple Sinai, Lawrence, New York. Rabbi Goldman has served on the boards of Caracole House, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and has been President of the Greater Cincinnati Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Goldman served on the Race Relations Council of Greater Cincinnati, is active in interfaith work, and received the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Spirit Award in 2004. From 2004- 2013, Rabbi Goldman served the congregation of Temple Bet Yam in St. Augustine, Florida. He and his wife, Meryl, Currently reside in Sarasota, Florida.